Equal praise is due the story, production, direction, acting and photography. Penned by S. Nugent from a novel by Alan LeMay, the plot is replete in suspense, excitement and spectacle, while physical appurtenances were unstintingly supplied by Merian C. Cooper, who produced with Patrick Ford, son of director John Ford, as his associate. The rugged beauties of Monument Valley, chosen as the location site, were admirably photographed in screen-filling VistaVision and Technicolor, while piloting by the aforementioned John Ford is arrestingly expert.
A goodly proportion of observers will opine that the top-lining performance by John Wayne is the unquestioned best of his long and impressive career. He makes the most of a custom-tailored role, that of a Texan veteran of the Civil War. Returning to his home, he sets out on a relentless pursuit when Comanches murder his brother and sister-in-law and their young son, and abduct their two daughters. The grim trail finally leads to the rescue of one of the girls, the other having been slain by the indians.
Here is adventure-crammed western drama at its all-time best... A grim and tensely exciting story of an unrelenting pursuit... The beauties of the southwest caught in flaming Technicolor. Warner Bros. 115 min.